Keith Dug­gan

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - CHAMPIONSHIP 2018 HURLING -

There is a dan­ger that the round-robin stages will run out of steam but the steady con­cen­tra­tion of games around dif­fer­ent venues will breathe life into the pro­vin­cial sys­tem. Was never con­vinced they ever went away. They are back in the sense that teams will be highly wary of meet­ing them. It will be no sur­prise if they fea­ture in the All-Ire­land semi-fi­nals and after that, mus­cle mem­ory will kick in. The league just fur­ther con­firmed that Brian Cody sees it as a way to breed win­ning habits.

David Burke , Gal­way. When he is song, so it is with Gal­way. Lim­er­ick could give it a go this sum­mer and in a strange way, it may be sur­pris­ing if Water­ford can re­turn to the heights of last year. Gal­way.

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